Neuroscience - Cellular & Molecular, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience - Cellular & Molecular is designed to provide rigorous preparation in scientific knowledge at the molecular and cellular level to those students interested in pursuing advanced studies and professional development in neuroscience, medicine or a related field in life sciences. In addition to neuroscience, graduates in the major will be well prepared for graduate or professional studies in cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, biomedical sciences, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and many allied health fields. Neuroscience graduates who do not pursue graduate studies will be prepared to accept technical positions in industry (pharmaceutical, biotech) or government and university laboratories. Graduates will be ready to conduct research on a range of neuroscience and related topics at the level of cells or molecules, including nervous system function, development, disease or injury.

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Allen Nicholson, Chair
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 255
215-204-8851

Dr. Robert Sanders, Vice Chair
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 347
215-204-2056

Dr. Joel Sheffield, Faculty Advisor
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 311
215-204-8839
jbs@temple.edu

Bachelor of Science 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:  BIOL 2296 and BIOL 3096.
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (75-81 s.h.)
    At least 9 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 4 Biology courses must be completed at Temple.
    Biology
    BIOL 1111Introduction to Biology I4
    or BIOL 1911 Honors Introduction to Biology I
    BIOL 2112Introduction to Biology II4
    or BIOL 2912 Honors Introduction to Biology II
    BIOL 2296Genetics (S)4
    BIOL 3096Cell Structure and Function (F)4
    BIOL 3352Systems Neuroscience3
    BIOL 3358Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (S)3
    Chemistry
    CHEM 1031
    CHEM 1033
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    4
    or CHEM 1951
    CHEM 1953
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I
    CHEM 1032
    CHEM 1034
    General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    4
    or CHEM 1952
    CHEM 1954
    Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II
    CHEM 2201
    CHEM 2203
    Organic Chemistry I
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    4
    or CHEM 2921
    CHEM 2923
    Organic Chemistry for Honors I
    and Organic Honors Laboratory I
    CHEM 2202
    CHEM 2204
    Organic Chemistry II
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
    4
    or CHEM 2922
    CHEM 2924
    Organic Chemistry for Honors II
    and Organic Honors Laboratory II
    Mathematics
    Select one of the following:4
    Calculus I with Lab 1
    Calculus I
    Honors Calculus I
    Select one of the following:4
    Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences
    Calculus II
    Honors Calculus II
    Neuroscience
    NSCI 1051Fundamentals of Neuroscience3
    or NSCI 1951 Honors Fundamentals of Neuroscience
    Neuroscience electives - select four of the following: 212-16
    Behavioral Genetics (F)
    Biostatistics (F)
    Molecular Biology
    Research Techniques in Molecular Biology (S)
    Advanced Techniques in Microscopy (S)
    Mammalian Physiology (S)
    Comparative Biomechanics
    Neural Basis of Animal Behavior (F - odd years)
    Organization and Development of the Nervous System (F - even years)
    Synaptic Neuropharmacology: From Poppies to People
    The New Neuroimmunology
    General Biochemistry I
    Mathematical Concepts in Computing I 3
    Honors Mathematical Concepts in Computing I
    Techniques in Neuroscience (non-CST course)
    Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience (non-CST course)
    Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience (non-CST course)
    Neuroscience Research/Independent Study courses 46-8
    Research in Neuroscience (or Neuroscience Independent Study)
    Research in Neuroscience (or Neuroscience Independent Study)
    Physics
    PHYS 2021General Physics I4
    or PHYS 2921 Honors General Physics I
    PHYS 2022General Physics II4
    or PHYS 2922 Honors General Physics II
    Total Credit Hours75-81
    1

    Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

    2

    Two of the four electives must be within the College of Science & Technology.

    3

    CIS 1166 or CIS 1966 may be replaced with CIS 1053.

    4

    Neuroscience Research/Independent Study courses should be determined in consultation with the Neuroscience faculty advisor. Students are required to have BOTH a B- or above in BIOL 3352 AND a Science GPA of 3.2 to take Neuroscience Research, BIOL 4591. Students are required to have BOTH a B- or above in BIOL 3352 AND a Science GPA of 3.0 to take Independent Study in Neuroscience. The Science GPA is to consist of all Biology courses, Chemistry through Organic Chemistry, Calculus, and Physics.

(F) - Fall course only
(S) - Spring only course

Note: A grade of C or higher in CHEM 1031 and CHEM 1032 is required to take BIOL 1111 and BIOL 2112. A grade of C or higher in BIOL 1111 and BIOL 2112 is required to take upper-level Biology courses, and a C- or higher is required unless otherwise specified in all other courses for the major, including course prerequisites.

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include BIOL 1011, for example.

A total of up to 3 s.h. of Biology research courses numbered lower than 4000 from the list below may be taken for a letter grade. Any additional credits in research courses in this category can be taken only on a CR/NC basis. No research courses numbered lower than 4000 may be used for Biology elective credit. 

BIOL 2082Independent Research I (not repeatable)1 to 4
BIOL 3082Independent Research II1 to 4
BIOL 3181Cooperative Research in Biochemistry3
BIOL 3281Cooperative Research in Biochemistry3
BIOL 3681Cooperative Studies2 to 4

Distinction in the Major

Distinction in Neuroscience is awarded based upon the completion of two semesters of BIOL 4591, submission of a paper, a poster presentation, AND maintaining a GPA of 3.2.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience - Cellular & Molecular

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I (F) 
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I with Lab1 
Calculus I 
Honors Calculus I 
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Neuroscience 
Honors Fundamentals of Neuroscience 
General Education/Elective Credits4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 1111 or 1911Introduction to Biology I4
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II 
Honors General Chemical Science II (S) 
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences 
Calculus II 
Honors Calculus II 
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
BIOL 2112 or 2912Introduction to Biology II4
Select one of the following:4
Organic Chemistry I 
Organic Chemistry for Majors I 
Organic Chemistry for Honors I (F) 
General Education/Elective Credits8
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 2296Genetics [WI] (S)4
BIOL 3352Systems Neuroscience3
Select one of the following:4
Organic Chemistry II 
Organic Chemistry for Majors II 
Organic Chemistry for Honors II (S) 
General Education/Elective Credits4
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
BIOL 3096Cell Structure and Function [WI] (F)4
Neuroscience Elective23-4
PHYS 2021 or 2921General Physics I4
General Education/Elective Credits4-3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 3358Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (S)3
Neuroscience Elective23-4
PHYS 2022 or 2922General Physics II4
General Education/Elective Credits5-4
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
BIOL 4591Research in Neuroscience (or Neuroscience Independent Study)33-4
Neuroscience Elective23-4
General Education/Elective Credits10-8
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 4591Research in Neuroscience (or Neuroscience Independent Study)33-4
Neuroscience Elective23-4
General Education/Elective Credits10-8
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course
1

Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

2

Select from the Neuroscience Electives list under Requirements.

3

Neuroscience Research/Independent Study courses should be determined in consultation with the neuroscience faculty advisor. Students are required to have BOTH a B- or above in BIOL 3352 AND a Science GPA of 3.2 to take Neuroscience Research, BIOL 4591. Students are required to have BOTH a B- or above in BIOL 3352 AND a Science GPA of 3.0 to take Independent Study in Neuroscience. The Science GPA is to consist of all Biology courses, Chemistry through Organic Chemistry, Calculus, and Physics.